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Conan Volume 8: Black Colossus (Conan the…
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Conan Volume 8: Black Colossus (Conan the Cimmerian) (vuoden 2010 painos)

– tekijä: Timothy Truman

Sarjat: Conan - Dark Horse (8), Conan the Cimmerian [2008] (8-13 collected)

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Conan, once a wandering thief, tries his luck as a professional warrior, joining Amalric's mercenary forces to live as a rank-and-file soldier. However, something much more than luck will lead Conan on a collision course with the strongest, strangest army he's ever faced! Princess Yasmela-the city of Khoraja's remaining sovereign-has been haunted by terrifying apparitions of the wizard Natohk, and when Natohk threatens to bring his demonic hordes to Khoraja, Yasmela prays to the god Mitra for help. Mitra actually responds and tells her to place the fate of her entire kingdom into the hands of the first man she meets out in the city streets-and that man is a drunk, hesitant barbarian! Conan may turn out to be Khoraja's best hope for survival, but his distrust of the soft upper classes and their disdain for his common station may derail any possibility of working together to halt Natohk's bid for world domination.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Conan Volume 8: Black Colossus (Conan the Cimmerian)
Kirjailijat:Timothy Truman
Info:Dark Horse (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 168 pages
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Conan: Black Colossus, by Timothy Truman (writer), Tomas Giorello and Jose Villarrubia (artists), is Volume 8 in Dark Horse Books’ Conan graphic novel series. It is a terrific series with great writing, accurate depictions of the ruthless yet appealing barbarian, and exquisite color art work. This volume finds Conan fighting for an army of mercenaries and eventually becoming the commander of a large army to save Princess Yasmela of Khoraja from the army of an evil wizard, Natohk. Although Conan still retains his ruthless barbarian personality, his leadership of a large army reveals him in a different role. According to the Afterward in this book, this story is based upon a short story (Black Colossus) by Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan. Howard’s Conan stories were brief and presented as succinctly as possible with little explanation of details and context. Howard also deliberately published his Conan stories out of order. However, Dark Horse Books is attempting to present these stories in chronological order and with additional content to add context for the reader. In my opinion they have been very successful at enhancing the reader’s experience of the barbarian’s exploits while still maintaining the integrity of Howard’s Conan and his world. Black Colossus is another entertaining, interesting, and beautifully illustrated Conan graphic novel from Dark Horse Books. ( )
  clark.hallman | Jan 25, 2013 |
Although this book collects six issues of the continuing Dark Horse Conan comic, it really is a solid graphic novel with its own coherent plot arc and narrative integrity. Tim Truman has done a terrific job of adapting and expanding on the original Robert E. Howard "Black Colossus" short story, in light of the difficulty--which I have mentioned in earlier reviews--presented by the novel form which latter-day Conan writers have adopted. In 1974 the Savage Sword of Conan cover boasted "a novel-length tale," but provided a mere 35 pages to exhaust Roy Thomas' Savage Sword of Conan adaptation of the same story: less than a quarter of the length of the Dark Horse version.

The illustration in this Black Colossus is really terrific. Joseph Michael Linsner, who is no slouch, provides striking interstitial art (first used in the original comics covers, I think), but I honestly prefer the work on the continuous panels by Giorello and Villarubia. As much as I liked the Buscema art of the 1970s, the 21st-century artists are putting it to shame.

Truman's writing did include a tiny amount of grammatical failure in attempting mannered archaic speech in the way that made Michael Avon Oeming's Red Sonja comics excruciating to read. But most of the writing was as eloquent as it needed to be, and he used a lot of Howard's original prose.

"Black Colossus" is in many ways a quintessential Conan story. It gives the whole of Conan's rise from rootless rogue, through disciplined warrior and military leader, to (temporary) royal station, all within a single adventure. He defeats an evil prophet-sorcerer and rescues a princess. Commendably, the sorcerer-sacrificing-the-girl-on-the-altar scene is motivated by more than mere custom or following the grimoire!

Overall, this book combines many of the best features that have been accreted to the Conan concept from its REH origins on. It has the sort of adventure pacing that we think of as "cinematic," but really originates with Edgar Rice Burroughs and the pulp writers. The characters are recognizable from their prior iterations, and the Hyborian settings are fantastic and visually splendid. The violence and sex are unapologetic. To call this the eighth volume of a series is a little misleading. If this were the only Conan book ever, it would be a good read on its own, and it could communicate the whole notion of Conan and his world quite worthily.
2 ääni paradoxosalpha | Mar 25, 2011 |
Impressed so far. ( )
  xavierroy | Oct 19, 2010 |
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Conan, once a wandering thief, tries his luck as a professional warrior, joining Amalric's mercenary forces to live as a rank-and-file soldier. However, something much more than luck will lead Conan on a collision course with the strongest, strangest army he's ever faced! Princess Yasmela-the city of Khoraja's remaining sovereign-has been haunted by terrifying apparitions of the wizard Natohk, and when Natohk threatens to bring his demonic hordes to Khoraja, Yasmela prays to the god Mitra for help. Mitra actually responds and tells her to place the fate of her entire kingdom into the hands of the first man she meets out in the city streets-and that man is a drunk, hesitant barbarian! Conan may turn out to be Khoraja's best hope for survival, but his distrust of the soft upper classes and their disdain for his common station may derail any possibility of working together to halt Natohk's bid for world domination.

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